Cows Can't Jump

Phil Bowne

Billy's desperate to escape middle England. He's working the ultimate dead-end job as a grave-digger, his grandad's engaged to a West Indian woman half his age, his xenophobic dad's obsessed with boxing; and his mum's certainly having an affair. Meeting Eva, though, changes everything.
Publication date:
September 2020
Publisher :
Neem Tree Press
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ISBN : 9781911107354

Dimensions : 198 X 129 mm
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• Cathartic and hilarious novel about growing up under the shadow of Brexit
• A young man escapes his dysfunctional family and middle England by running away to Europe
• Anti-romance set against the backdrop of 2016 - Trump, Brexit, total uncertainty!
• Coming of age in a race across Europe, the protagonist desperately searching for the girl he loves.
• A comedy of errors. Growing up the hard way in Brexit Britain, and then finding your way out of it!

How far would you go for love?

Winner of the Spotlight First Novel prize, Philip Bowne's debut novel is an explosive coming-of-age odyssey. 18-year-old Billy is desperate to leave home. He's working the ultimate dead-end job as a grave-digger. His Grandad's engaged to a woman half his age, his Dad's become obsessed with boxing, and his Mum's certainly having an affair. Everything is changing, and Billy hates it.

Meeting the older, mysterious Eva, though, changes everything. She's passionate about Russian literature, Gary Numan, windfarms and chai tea, and Billy gambles everything for a chance to be with her. His scramble across Europe involves hitch-hiking with truckers, walking with refugees, and an encounter with suicidal cows. But the further he goes, the harder it is to be sure what he's chasing - and what he's running from.

For everyone who wants to break out and follow their dreams.